Michael Woods, fellow Canadian bike owner Riley Pickrell crash out of Giro d’Italia

Canadian riders Michael Woods and Riley Pickrell are out of the Giro d’Italia.

The 2 have been concerned in separate crashes Wednesday with Israel-Premier Tech teammate Nadav Raisberg taking place in the identical accident as Woods in Stage 5 of the Giro, which precedes the Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta on the Grand Tour calendar.

Pickrell’s face was bloodied and he misplaced his helmet in a crash with 4 different riders. Woods, Raisberg and one other 4 riders have been concerned in a crash 10 kilometres later.

Israel-Premier Tech mentioned Woods, from Ottawa, was dominated out after exhibiting signs of a gentle concussion in a single day.

The workforce then made a “late resolution” to withdraw Pickrell of Victoria from the race.

“His face bore the influence of the crash [Wednesday] and though he’s feeling effectively sufficient to begin, some slight confusion has been recognized and the workforce just isn’t keen to take the chance given the opportunity of concussion,” the workforce mentioned in a press release. “Riley wants time to get better and at present’s stage is just too dangerous, so the workforce has made the tough resolution to withdraw him from the race.”

The crash left Woods 107th within the normal classification standings whereas Israel’s Raisberg, who broke his hand, was 164th and Pickrell 169th.

“We have been gearing up for the climb when one rider precipitated a chain-reaction crash.” mentioned Raisberg.

“My teammate, Mike Woods, fell, and I, who was driving proper behind him, crashed over him and was thrown up. After I landed on my arms, I instantly knew one thing was damaged, however I obtained again on the bike and prayed I used to be flawed.”

6-year absence from race

Wednesday’s fifth stage lined 178 kilometres from Genova to Lucca.

Woods was returning to the Giro after a six-year absence, seeking to full a trifecta of Grand Tour stage victories.

Along with a stage win finally 12 months’s Tour de France, he gained a stage in each the 2018 and 2020 editions of the Spanish Vuelta. Woods’s finest end result on the Giro was runner-up within the fourth stage in 2018.

The 37-year-old was competing in his third Giro and eleventh Grand Tour race. Pickrell, 22, was in his first Grand Tour occasion.

The 107th version of the Giro ends Could 26 in Rome after 3,400 km of racing. The Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta, the opposite two Grand Tour occasions, start June 29 and Aug. 17, respectively.

Woods, who has recovered from a virus that dominated him out of the Ardennes Classics earlier in April, has largely targeted on the Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta since his final experience within the Giro in 2018.

Israel-Premier Tech is co-owned by Canadian-Israeli entrepreneur Sylvan Adams with fellow Canadian Kevin Ham additionally a associate within the workforce.

Head sports activities director Steve Bauer raced in 9 editions of the Tour de France, ending fourth general in 1988 after profitable a stage and spent 5 days within the chief’s yellow jersey. Bauer, simply the second Canadian ever to steer the Tour after Alex Stieda in 1986, additionally wore the yellow jersey for 9 straight days In 1990.

Israel-Premier Tech efficiency director Paulo Saldanha, coach Christopher Rozdilsky and workforce nutritionist Vanessa Zoras are additionally Canadians. And co-title sponsor Premier Tech is a Canadian firm.

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